In Series For Prefilt Flow Patents (Class 210/335)
  • Patent number: 10625264
    Abstract: A lid for a multi-well plate having apertures, each aperture having a gas permeable membrane, and fittings extending from the bottom surface of the lid to fit with a multi-well plate to reduce evaporation of liquid contents from within the wells of the multi-well plate, protect the contents of a multi-well plate from spilling or from mingling with the contents of a neighboring well in a multi-well plate is disclosed. The gas permeable membrane comprises one or more of (i) a continuous or discontinuous thin film associated with each aperture, (ii) a locally-thinned portion of the main body, and (iii) a quantity of material at least partially filling each aperture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 21, 2020
    Assignee: Corning Incorporated
    Inventors: Yulong Hong, Elizabeth Tran
  • Patent number: 10500585
    Abstract: The present invention provides methods, systems, assemblies, and articles for extracting restrained liquid (e.g., surface tension-restrained liquid) from open wells in a chip, where the restrained liquid does not flow out of the wells due to gravity when the wells are held upside down. For example, the present invention provides extraction fixtures that may be attached to, and/or held adjacent to, a chip such that any restrained liquid that is forced out of the open wells is collected by, or flows through, the extraction fixtures. Also for example, the present invention provides assemblies composed of a extraction fixture attached to, and/or held adjacent to, a chip, and methods of subjecting such assemblies to a force such that at least a portion of the restrained liquid in the open wells is forced out and collected by, or flows through, the extraction fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 10, 2019
    Assignee: TAKARA BIO USA, INC.
    Inventors: Bradley L. Griswold, Syed A. Husain, Robert Moti, Wesley B. Dong, GoPaul Kotturi, Jude Dunne, Philip Lin
  • Patent number: 10265456
    Abstract: Disclosed are a blood filter which exhibits excellent leukocyte elimination performance as well as significantly improved blood throughput per unit time and erythrocyte recovery rate and a method of manufacturing the same. The blood filter of the present invention includes a pre-treatment filter which is a laminate of first non-woven fabrics having a mean fiber diameter of 5 to 30 ?m and a mean pore size of 10 to 30 ?m, and a main filter which is a laminate of second non-woven fabrics having a mean fiber diameter of 1 to 5 ?m, a mean pore size of 5 to 10 ?m and a mean pore size distribution rate of 30% or more. A filling density of the pre-treatment filter and a filling density of the main filter, with respect to a target blood throughput of the blood filter, are 0.1 g/100 ml to 1 g/100 ml and 1 g/100 ml to 3 g/100 ml, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: KOLON INDUSTRIES, INC.
    Inventors: Min Ho Lee, Jin Il Kim
  • Patent number: 10195579
    Abstract: A method for holding samples for analysis and an apparatus thereof includes a testing plate with a pair of opposing surfaces and a plurality of holes. Each of the holes extends from one of the opposing surfaces to the other one of the opposing surfaces. The holes are arranged in groups, where each group has at least two rows and two columns of holes. The groups are arranged in sets, where each set has at least two rows and two columns of groups. To analyze samples, at least one of the opposing surfaces of the testing plate is immersed in a solution to be analyzed. A portion of the solution enters openings for each of the holes in the immersed opposing surface. Once the holes are filled with solution, the testing plate is removed and is held above a supporting surface. Surface tension holds the solution in each of the holes. The solution in one or more of the holes is then analyzed and the solution in one of these holes is identified for further study.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 5, 2019
    Assignee: Life Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: Volker Schellenberger, Amy Liu
  • Patent number: 10069690
    Abstract: This disclosure has reference to verifying records of system change events in a distributed network system providing cloud services. In one embodiment, the methods and systems observe system update messages sent and received among components of the distributed network system, generate a record of the state of the object in response to the update messages, and compare the record of the state of the object with information from a periodic system status message to verify the accuracy of the periodic system status message. Advantageously, the present embodiments provide increased reliability for system status tracking, resource management, and billing for consumption of resources in distributed network systems. Additional benefits and advantages of the present embodiments will become evident in the following description.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Rackspace US, Inc.
    Inventors: Monsyne Michael Dragon, Alexander Leonard Walsh, Daniel Joseph Spraggins
  • Patent number: 9995177
    Abstract: A pump system for a gas turbine engine has at least one pump. At least one valve has an outlet and at least one inlet is fluidly connected to the at least one pump. A geared architecture is positioned within a bearing compartment. The geared architecture is configured to receive lubricating fluid from the outlet of the at least one valve, a self-cleaning filter is positioned downstream of the at least one valve and upstream of the geared architecture. A gas turbine engine and a method are also disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: United Technologies Corporation
    Inventors: William G. Sheridan, Alan J. Goetschius
  • Patent number: 9968738
    Abstract: Flexible housing filters for filtration of fluids and methods of making such filters are disclosed. The filters include a molded frame with no peripheral seal that houses a filter medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: FENWAL, INC.
    Inventors: Daniel Lynn, Patrick Flanagan, James Chrzan
  • Patent number: 9868083
    Abstract: A filter media cartridge and method of making filter media wherein the filter media has a plurality of folds formed into a tube with an internal support core supporting the media material. A plurality of retention bands mounted about the filter media to retain the filter media in position and prevent media from expanding outwardly sufficiently to damage the filter media. At least a one glue bead located circumferentially about the filter media. The glue bead adhering adjacent folds of the media together to provide support and regular spacing of the folds so that the folds are prevented from collapsing with respect to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 16, 2018
    Assignee: Robovent Products Group, Inc.
    Inventor: John Reid
  • Patent number: 9856838
    Abstract: A dual fuel fuel-injector including a first nozzle body having a plurality of respective receptacles, a plurality of nozzle needles, each having a stroke that is controllable by a control fluid and at least one associated control chamber. The plurality of nozzle needles include a plurality of first nozzle needles, each being axially displaceable in the first nozzle body of the dual fuel fuel-injector for selective discharge of a first fuel, whereby the plurality of first nozzle needles are arranged in the first nozzle body in the plurality of respective receptacles. The dual fuel fuel-injector also includes a mixed leakage collecting channel communicatively connected to the plurality of respective receptacles, and a mixed leakage discharge channel on the dual fuel fuel-injector and in communication with the mixed leakage collecting channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: L'Orange GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Kalenborn
  • Patent number: 9579591
    Abstract: A liquid filter assembly comprising a filter subassembly is inserted within an elongated tubular filter body, enclosed by a pair of end caps. The filter subassembly includes a plurality of filtration discs placed onto a tubular core and inner support member. A disc aperture is provided concentrically through each filtration disc. An outer filter support member and a central filter support member support each filtration disc. The outer filter support member engages with an interior of the elongated body and an end wall engages with the disc perimeter. The central filter support member engages with an exterior of the inner support member and an end wall engages with the peripheral edge about the filtration disc aperture. Fluid passes through the first end cap orifice, continuing through the inner support member, transferring flow through the filtration discs, returning through the inner support member, and exiting the opposite end cap orifice.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Inventor: Horace Lester Gadson
  • Patent number: 9555353
    Abstract: A fluid filtration media is disclosed that incorporates a channel depth layer to prevent collapse between media layers for increased filtration efficiency while maintaining increased filter life.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: Kuss Filtration, Inc.
    Inventors: Julie Anne Graber, Gary L. Rickle, Dale Ray Estepp, Andrew Gordon Platt
  • Patent number: 9192941
    Abstract: A device, method, and system for analyzing aggregate are described. An exemplary device may include a housing with one or more grading screens. Aggregate and liquid may be received by a port within the housing. The liquid and any suspended fines, after passing through the one or more grading screens and aggregate, may be received into an observation container for observing the clarity of the liquid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: November 24, 2015
    Assignee: Presby Patent Trust
    Inventor: David W. Presby
  • Patent number: 9061247
    Abstract: A separation membrane module (1A) includes: a tubular pressure container (7); a plurality of separation membrane elements (2) inserted in the pressure container (7) and each having a first end member (3) and a second end member (4); and a sealing member (5A) mounted on one of or both the first end member (3) and the second end member (4) that are adjacent to each other. In a normal condition, the sealing member (5A) is located radially inward of a maximum diameter portion of the first end member (3) and/or the second end member (4) on which the sealing member (5A) is mounted. The sealing member (5A) is deformed due to contact between the adjacent separation membrane elements (2) or due to supply of a pressurized liquid into the pressure container (7), and comes into close contact with an inner circumferential face (7a) of the pressure container (7).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2015
    Assignee: Nitto Denko Corporation
    Inventors: Shinichi Chikura, Toshimitsu Hamada, Yasuhiro Uda, Hideyuki Yamane, Kazuhito Yoshida, Masashi Beppu, Masakatsu Takata
  • Publication number: 20150129469
    Abstract: A fluid filter apparatus comprising an upper housing shell; a lower housing shell; a pleat pack element comprising a peripheral frame and a folded pleated media. The frame is at least partially molded over the media to secure the media in the frame, and the media comprises two or more types of media of different densities from each other. A flow control element is disposed for changing the proportion of flow between the first media and the second media responsive to changes in at least one of temperature, pressure, flow rate and/or viscosity of the fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 20, 2015
    Publication date: May 14, 2015
    Inventors: Ibrahim Khalil, Vasyl Kondratyuk
  • Publication number: 20150122719
    Abstract: A filter that contains an adsorbent to remove the soluble portion of the contaminant, and then some form of electrostatic attraction additive. The electrostatic attraction additive would serve to pull the colloidal and particulate portion of the contaminant out of fluid, which could be held indefinitely, or be used to hold while the contaminant is allowed to solubilize and then be removed by the adsorbent. The electrostatic attraction additive could either be positively or negatively charged depending on the surface charge of the particulates that are in the fluid, and includes particles or fibers charged with charged polymers, zeolites, cation or anion exchange resin, powdered alumina, or nano-alumina.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 1, 2013
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Applicant: KX Techologies LLC
    Inventors: Andrew Lombardo, Rezan Kareem
  • Publication number: 20150114897
    Abstract: At least one embodiment of the invention pertains to a fluid filter having a fine media element and a coarse media element inside a housing. The fine media element has a plurality of apertures through a flange around the periphery of the fine media element.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2013
    Publication date: April 30, 2015
    Applicant: Filtran LLC
    Inventors: John G. Eleftherakis, Ibrahim Khalil
  • Patent number: 9017550
    Abstract: An exfiltration apparatus for removing contaminants from a fluid, the exfiltration apparatus including a housing defining a fluid flow path and having a first filter/sorptive layer positioned within a first portion of the housing and a second filter/sorptive layer positioned within a second portion of the housing. The first portion of the housing and the first filter/sorptive layer are removable as a unit from the second portion of the housing. The exfiltration apparatus may also include a container positioned within the second filter/sorptive layer and a third filter/sorptive layer disposed within the container. The exfiltration apparatus may also include a container defining a fluid retaining chamber. The chamber may be generally positioned between the first filter/sorptive layer and the second filter/sorptive layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Ohio University
    Inventors: Gayle Mitchell, Shad Sargand
  • Publication number: 20150101987
    Abstract: A composite filter membrane cartridge, including a housing with a raw water inlet and a filtered water outlet is disclosed. The housing may be equipped with one or more filter layers, including a prefilter assembly and a second filter portion, wherein the prefilter is connected to the membrane filer either via a water line or by direct stacking. The prefilter assembly may include multiple layers comprising a carbon filter and polypropylene cotton filter, wherein the locations of the filters are interchangeable. The prefilter may include granular activated carbon situated between two portions of polypropylene cotton filter cloth. The perimeter of the activated carbon filter and polypropylene cotton filter may be substantially sealed around the inner wall of the housing providing a snug fit. The second filter portion of the composite filter membrane cartridge may include nanomembrane spiral wound filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 16, 2015
    Inventors: Edward Yeh, Joseph Wang, Yongming Zhang
  • Publication number: 20150090674
    Abstract: A blood filter apparatus for separating plasma or serum from blood, a cartridge for analyzing blood including the blood filter apparatus, and a method of separating plasma or serum using the blood filter apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Inventors: Tae-han LEE, Sang-hyun Baek, Hyo-young Jeong, Young-Ki Hahn, Soo-suk Lee, Youn-suk Choi
  • Publication number: 20150076047
    Abstract: A particle processing device includes a fluid flow path, a multi-filtering portion and a fluid transferring portion. A fluid having particles flows through the fluid flow path. The multi-filtering portion is installed in the fluid flow path. The multi-filtering portion includes at least two membrane structures. The membrane structures have different shaped openings for passing the fluid therethrough respectively. The membrane structures are arranged alone or together in the fluid flow path. The fluid transferring portion transfers the fluid forwardly or backwardly through the fluid flow path such that the fluid passes through the multi-filtering portion.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: March 19, 2015
    Applicant: KOREA ADVANCED INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
    Inventors: Young-Ho Cho, Il Doh
  • Patent number: 8974677
    Abstract: Fluid processing apparatuses and systems are disclosed. In some embodiments the fluid processing apparatuses include a movable enclosure, a plurality of filter housings disposed substantially within the movable enclosure, and a stand disposed within the enclosure. The filter housings are in fluid communication with one another. Each filter housing defines an elongate path and is configured to support a respective filter along the elongate flow path to filter a substantially continuous flow of fluid. The stand supports each filter housing such that the elongate flow path of each filter housing is substantially parallel to a vertical axis, wherein each filter housing is independently rotatable, relative to the stand.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Inventors: Saeed H. Mohseni, Deepak Mahulikar
  • Publication number: 20150060366
    Abstract: A cartridge for treating drinking water, the cartridge comprising a mixture of an ion-exchange material, one part of which is a highly acidic ion-exchange material and another part of which is a weakly acidic ion-exchange material, wherein one of the materials is loaded with alkali ions or alkaline earth ions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 9, 2013
    Publication date: March 5, 2015
    Inventors: Juergen Johann, Monique Bissen
  • Patent number: 8956538
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are systems and methods for desalination of salt water based on an engineered acoustic field that causes constructive and destructive interference at pre-computed spatial positions. The engineered acoustic field can cause high-pressure and low-pressure regions where desalination membranes are located. The induced pressure from the acoustic field can force pure water through the membranes leaving ionic and dissolved molecular species behind.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 17, 2015
    Assignee: FloDesign Sonics, Inc.
    Inventors: Edward A. Rietman, Bart Lipkens
  • Publication number: 20150041416
    Abstract: A system for filtering produced fluid from a wellbore comprises a filter system, a solids collection vessel in fluid communication with a drain in the filter system, and a fluid line coupled to the solids collection vessel. The filter system comprises a housing defining a chamber, a filtration device disposed within the chamber, a fluid inlet disposed in the housing and configured to receive a fluid comprising suspended solids into an inlet portion, a fluid outlet disposed in the housing and configured to pass the fluid out of the housing from an outlet portion, and a drain in fluid communication with a lower portion of the housing and configured to pass at least a portion of the suspended solids out of the inlet portion of the housing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Benavides
  • Publication number: 20150041413
    Abstract: A method of injecting fluid into an injection well comprises receiving, by an input device, an input, verifying an authorization to use a filter assembly in response to receiving the input, opening an actuator valve in response to the verifying, actuating a pump in fluid communication with the actuator valve in response to the verifying, receiving a fluid within a filter assembly in response to opening the actuator valve and actuating the pump, wherein the fluid comprises suspended solids, and separating at least a portion of the suspended solids in the fluid within the filter assembly. The pump may be disposed downstream of the filter assembly, and receiving fluid within the filter assembly may comprise drawing fluid into the filter assembly in response to actuating the pump.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 7, 2013
    Publication date: February 12, 2015
    Inventor: Eric Benavides
  • Patent number: 8945388
    Abstract: A filter has first and second filter media (2, 3). The filter media define a flow space (4) between them receiving a device (5) for separation and flow guidance and dividing the flow space such that a functional space (25, 26) is disposed adjacent to the first or the second filter medium. The first filter medium (2) defines a hollow space (21) toward the outside, and the second filter medium (3) defines a hollow space (22) toward the inside. Each of the hollow spaces (21, 22) can be connected to at least one fluid duct (23, 24). The flow space (4) including the two functional spaces (25, 26) can be connected to at least one further fluid duct (27) that is separated in a fluid-tight manner from the other fluid ducts (23, 24).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 27, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2015
    Assignee: Hydac Filtertechnik GmbH
    Inventor: Markus Dewes
  • Publication number: 20150021257
    Abstract: Stackable screening plates (3) with radial screening apertures (10) are carried on a tubular shaft having an axial key. The plates have a choice of keyways (14, 15) allowing the plates to be stacked in alternate angular positions. Spring tongues (16) formed integrally with the plates provide uniform but adjustable mutual spacing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Inventor: Frederick Philip Selwyn
  • Publication number: 20150021258
    Abstract: A capture unit for use with an antimicrobial application unit may include an upstream filter and a downstream filter. The upstream filter may be positioned to receive effluent from the application unit and to filter solid components from the effluent. The resultant upstream effluent filtrate may then be passed downstream to the downstream filter. The downstream filter may be used to filter an antimicrobial component from the upstream effluent filtrate and the resultant downstream effluent filtrate may be suitable for disposal as wastewater discharge. The antimicrobial is preferably a quaternary ammonium compound, is more preferably an alkylpyridinium chloride, and is most preferably cetylpyridinium chloride.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 9, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: Safe Foods Corporation
    Inventors: Justin Massey, Tim Yeaman, Gary Nolen, Kelly Beers, Joe Rheingans
  • Publication number: 20150021259
    Abstract: One embodiment includes a flush valve filter assembly. The flush valve filter includes a support structure configured to be placed in a conduit between a flush valve and a fluid inlet line. The support structure includes at least one locking finger extending in a first axial direction and at least two axially extending upper aprons extending in the first axial direction with a locking lip on each upper apron. The at least one locking finger is located between the at least two upper aprons. The flush valve filter assembly also includes a primary filter medium having sieve openings secured to the support structure by the at least one locking finger and locking lip such that at least some particulate in a fluid passing through the flush valve filter is retained by the primary filter medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: H2OK Solutions LLC
    Inventor: Jeff Dirkers
  • Publication number: 20150024478
    Abstract: The invention relates to the use of single- or multilayer plastic web plates in a sloped channel-type solid material separator with a lamella package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2013
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicants: BAYER TECHNOLOGY SERVICES GMBh, MAYER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY GMBH
    Inventors: Andre Pastor, Juri Seletzky, Helmut Brod, Joerg Kauling, Peter Commer
  • Patent number: 8932465
    Abstract: A filter within a filter cartridge design is described that includes a sealing structure on an endplate of an outer filter element. Generally, the sealing structure includes an annular flange on the endplate that can directly seal against an interior surface of a housing when the filter cartridge is assembled for use. During filtration, the annular flange prevents a working fluid from bypassing the outer filter element. The sealing flange can seal with the housing in a press fit engagement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Cummins Filtration IP Inc.
    Inventors: Aaron M. Wells, Terry W. Shults, Ismail C. Bagci, Dean Olson, Zemin Jiang, Kevin C. South, Peter K. Herman, Hendrik N. Amirkhanian, Jeffrey B. Sharp, David P. Genter, Norman C. Blizard, Melvin Douglas McCormick, Jeffrey A. Husband, Wassem Abdalla, Michael J. Connor, Barry M. Verdegan, Donna Butler, Chad T. Brummitt
  • Publication number: 20150001147
    Abstract: One aspect of the invention relates to a filter module comprising: —a filter element having at least one filter medium which separates a filtrate side and a retentate side of the filter element from one another, and having a filter medium holder to which the filter medium is attached and which has at least one holder intake channel and at least one holder discharge channel, —a first filter cartridge part having at least one first cartridge intake channel and at least one first cartridge discharge channel, —a second filter cartridge channel having at least one second cartridge intake channel and at least one second cartridge discharge channel, wherein the filter medium holder is arranged in an arrangement position between the first filter cartridge part and the second filter cartridge part in a fluid-tight manner, wherein the at least one holder intake channel has a fluid connection with the at least one first cartridge intake channel and the at least one second cartridge intake channel, in order to form a mod
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 8, 2013
    Publication date: January 1, 2015
    Inventors: Martin Leuthold, Stefan Weisshaar, Christoph Schich, Thomas Krumbein
  • Publication number: 20140374327
    Abstract: An apparatus for water filtration includes a base a filtration receptacle coupled to the base and a carafe removably coupled to the base. The filtration receptacle includes a water inlet and a water outlet. The filtration receptacle includes a pleated filter positioned between the water inlet and the water outlet. The pleated filter has a pleat face characterized by a surface having a plurality of peaks and a plurality of valleys, such that the surface is disposed in a plurality of planes. The filtration receptacle is structurally configured to maintain the pleated filter in an orientation wherein the pleat face of the pleated filter transverses a water-flow path extending from the water inlet to the water outlet. The filtration receptacle is further configured to induce water-flow along the water-flow path by at least one of a receptacle orientation and a receptacle geometry. The carafe includes an inlet coupled to the water outlet in the filtration receptacle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventors: Thomas A. Langdo, Eugene A. Fitzgerald, Richard Renjilian, Larry R. Brown
  • Publication number: 20140374331
    Abstract: A filter system including a vacuum source for generating a vacuum flow and a container. The container includes an inflow port for receiving contaminated liquids and solids, a filter assembly for filtering contaminated solids from the contaminated liquids and an outflow port for delivering filtered liquids from the container. The vacuum flow proceeds through the container so that the filtered liquids are drawn through the filter assembly towards the outflow port. The contaminated solids receive vacuum pressure continuously to complete the filter process above the top filter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Inventor: Robert A. ANDERSON
  • Publication number: 20140374362
    Abstract: The invention relates to a filtration system for filtering a fluid containing solid particles. The filtration system comprising a deformable wall defining a chamber interior to the wall, and a tubular shaped membrane arranged in the chamber. Further, the system is arranged for periodically deforming the chamber wall inwardly and outwardly, respectively, for filtering a fluid that is present in the chamber, exterior to the membrane.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 25, 2014
    Applicant: NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
    Inventor: Mans Minekus
  • Publication number: 20140353239
    Abstract: A membrane separation unit can include a cartridge, at least one membrane disposed within the cartridge, at least one seal plate, and a sealing ring seated in an outer groove of the seal plate. The at least one seal plate can seal one end of the cartridge. The seal plate can have at least one venting hole that forms a passage between the interior of the cartridge and the outer groove. The sealing ring can have a cross-sectional shape that forms a circular venting path between the sealing ring and the seal plate. The sealing ring can include one or more grooves to allow fluid to vent into an annular space between a device housing and the membrane separation unit. The sealing ring can include an outer surface having, in cross-section, two flattened surfaces that form an angle of between 90° and 175° there between.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Publication date: December 4, 2014
    Applicant: NANOH2O, INC.
    Inventors: Frederick K. Lesan, Nicholas Kordani
  • Patent number: 8900462
    Abstract: A leukocyte-removing filter, characterized in that it comprises a filter material having a vertical permeation coefficient (kx) of 0.5×10?12 to 2.0×10?12 m2 and a ratio (ky/kx) of a horizontal permeation coefficient (ky) to kx of 0.5 to 1.5; and a method for removing leukocytes using said filter. The above leukocyte-removing filter has a higher leukocyte-removing performance per unit volume and also does not bring clogging nor increase of pressure drop.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Yukihiro Yamada, Yukihiko Uchi
  • Patent number: 8889005
    Abstract: A water filtering device includes a filter bag and an outer bag. The filter bag is internally provided with a first and a second filter unit. The first filter unit is connected at upper ends to a top opening of the filter bag to form a lower folded section and define a first water filtering space in the filter bag. The second filter unit is fixedly connected to a water outlet on a bottom of the filter bag and defines a second water filtering space in the filter bag. A filter material is provided in the second water filtering space. The outer bag covers the filter bag, such that a water storing space is formed between the outer bag and the filter bag. The water filtering device is conveniently portable and saves any assembling procedure, and can effectively filter water and store the filtered water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Push Enterprise Co., Ltd
    Inventor: Bill Lin
  • Publication number: 20140326654
    Abstract: The device for filtering water, includes a containment body inside which is placed at least a filter element and includes at least a prefiltration chamber, provided with at least an inlet for the water to be filtered, and at least a postfiltration chamber, provided with at least an outlet for the filtered water, the prefiltration chamber and the postfiltration chamber being in communication with the filter element, where the filter element is substantially sheet shaped and defines an open edge.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 15, 2012
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventors: Roberto MARCHETTI, Eldad MAZIEL
  • Patent number: 8875904
    Abstract: A circular filtering disc and a filter device having the filtering disc. The filtering disc includes a circular partition plate having an inner hub and an outer rim, with radial inlet holes formed in the outer rim and introducing water to the partition plate, and a vertical outlet hole formed in the center of the inner hub and discharging pure water; and a filter fabric placed on or below the partition plate, wherein water supplied to the filtering disc passes through the filter fabric and becomes concentrated at the vertical outlet hole, and is discharged from the filtering disc through the vertical outlet hole. In the filter device, raw water is supplied through the circumferential edges of the circular filtering discs stacked on top of one another in the filter device and is filtered prior to being discharged from the filter device through the center of the filtering discs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2010
    Date of Patent: November 4, 2014
    Assignee: K-1 Ecotech Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Chang Hyun Choi, Dae Hyun No, Jong Sang Kim
  • Publication number: 20140319046
    Abstract: A method for forming a nanopore membrane includes forming an array of carbon nanotubes on a substrate that are disposed side by side in a direction perpendicular to a length of the carbon nanotubes. The array of carbon nanotubes are embedded in a patternable polymer material. The patternable polymer material is crosslinked over the array of carbon nanotubes. An adhesive layer is deposited on the polymer material having the array of carbon nanotubes to form a pad. The pad is rolled using a transfer rod to form a membrane with carbon nanotubes of the array, forming nanopores through the membrane such that as the pad is rolled the membrane increases in diameter.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 25, 2013
    Publication date: October 30, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventor: Jose Miguel Lobez Comeras
  • Publication number: 20140311963
    Abstract: A coalescing filter element provides an integrated filter element with a three stage design with a hydrophobic or hydrophilic coalescing layer. A coalescing filter element comprises: a) At least one particulate filtration layer; b) A coalescing layer promoting coalescing of water particles, wherein the coalescing layer is downstream of the at least one particulate filtration layer relative to the flow of fluid through the element; c) An annular coalescing space downstream of the coalescing layer; d) A sump in a lower portion of the filter element in fluid communication with the annular coalescing space; and e) A hydrophobic layer downstream of the annular coalescing space, wherein fluid being cleaned by the element flows through the hydrophobic layer. The coalescing layer may be a hydrophobic or a hydrophilic coalescing layer. A filter assembly will include the coalescing filter element of the present invention.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 23, 2014
    Inventors: Chris Bortnik, Scott Surdick, Michael J Schmitt, Steven R Evanovich, Andreas Schunk
  • Publication number: 20140305886
    Abstract: An apparatus for filtering dry film solvent includes a hollow vessel having a side wall, an open top end and a second end that includes a main outlet that allows fluid to flow out of a hollow interior of the vessel. A removable cover closes off the open top end of the vessel. The apparatus also includes at least one fluid inlet port formed along the side wall of the vessel and defining an entrance into the hollow interior of the vessel and at least one fluid outlet port formed along the side wall of the vessel and defining an exit from the hollow interior of the vessel. A removable filter member is disposed within the hollow interior and is defined by a frame and filter media that extends across the frame such fluid flowing into the hollow interior through the main inlet must flow through the filter media to reach the main outlet. The filter media is disposed at an angle other than 90 degrees relative to the frame of the filter member.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 15, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Applicant: Solid State Equipment LLC
    Inventors: John Taddei, Laura Mauer, John Clark, Lev Rapoport
  • Patent number: 8858795
    Abstract: A fluid filter apparatus includes a first surrounding sidewall having inlet and outlet apertures, with first and second end portions, a cover attached to the second end portion and a domed end attached to the first end portion. Also included is a second surrounding sidewall with primary and secondary end portions, being co-axially disposed within the first surrounding sidewall, with a first environment interior disposed therebetween, a second environmental interior disposed within the second surrounding sidewall, and a third environmental interior disposed within said first surrounding sidewall. Further included is a primary strainer disposed between the first and second environments, a vane forming a helical channel within the first environmental adding a centrifugal velocity to the fluid to separate heavier fluids and particulates. Also, a secondary strainer is between the second and third environments, and a filter media is in a third environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Inventor: Jeffrey G McLane
  • Patent number: 8858789
    Abstract: A system for cleaning up an oil spill and recovering the spilled oil includes frames supporting superhydrophobic oil-absorbing nanowires. A first container supports the frames with the nanowires. A mixture of oil and water is pumped into the first container where the oil from the mixture is absorbed by the nanowires as water is separated from the mixture and deposited in the first container where it is then pumped therefrom. A second container supports the frames with the oil so-absorbed by the nanowires. The frames with the oil so-absorbed by the nanowires are heated whereby the oil so-absorbed separates from the nanowires and is deposited in the second container. The oil so-deposited in the second container is then pumped therefrom.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: The United States of America as represeted by the Secretary of the Navy
    Inventors: Jason M. Pappafotis, Daniel J. Flisek, David M. Robinson
  • Patent number: 8858804
    Abstract: A storm water pretreatment chamber is provided. The storm water pretreatment chamber includes; one or more filter sidewalls; one or more optional water-impermeable sidewalls; one or more optional chamber grates; and one or more catch rails. Methods of treating storm water are also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 14, 2014
    Assignee: Anoka Conservation District
    Inventors: Christopher Allen Lord, Shawn Patrick Tracy, Nathan Scott Zwonitzer
  • Patent number: 8852441
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for purifying liquids, in particular for purifying ballast water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 7, 2014
    Assignee: Gea Westfalia Separator Group GmbH
    Inventors: Uwe Mueller, Wilfried Riggers
  • Publication number: 20140291232
    Abstract: A portable water treatment device that utilizes a foot-powered actuator to impel water through a filter is disclosed. The actuator moves to generate negative pressure that draws water to be treated into the interior of a housing, then moves to generate positive pressure to impel the water thus drawn in through a filtration device and to impel treated water out of the device. In some embodiments the water treatment device includes two actuators that are coupled to move in tandem.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 26, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Inventor: Tareq Adel Risheq
  • Publication number: 20140263009
    Abstract: A sustainable Low Water Footprint Re-circulating Aquatic System for cultivating aquatic organisms and plants. The system conserves water and energy by using gravity to move water and nutrients from the clarifier into the low water footprint management system. The novel water management system controls the volume of water in the plant grow bed such that it never rises to or above the surface, limiting evaporative water loss. Water flow to the plant grow bed is intermittent and the water management system retains water within the grow bed by capillary action, even when there is no water input. The grow bed contains microflora that convert nitrogenous wastes produced by the aquatic organisms to nitrogenous compounds useable by the plants. The clarified water is then pumped back into the animal tanks. The system is sustainable, cost effective, and highly productive, and uses 50-80% less water than conventional re-circulating aquatic production system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2014
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: University of North Texas
    Inventors: Ione Hunt von Herbing, Michael Anderson
  • Patent number: 8828223
    Abstract: A deep fat fryer with continuous oil filtering and purging of sediments therefrom during uninterrupted fryer operation is provided. The filter includes a cylindrical hollow housing with a first end and a second end and a hollow cylindrical screen with a longitudinal axis and first and second ends. The screen is disposed coaxially within the hollow housing to define an annulus therebetween. A piston mounted within the screen and reciprocatingly movable along the longitudinal axis between the first and second ends of the screen. A pump, seal, and associate motor are provided to provide continuous oil flow through the filter and the remainder of the fryer. A heat exchanger is provided downstream of the pump to transfer heat from the fryer to the oil flowing through the heat exchanger.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2008
    Date of Patent: September 9, 2014
    Assignee: Pitco Frialator, Inc.
    Inventors: Steven J. Savage, Charles E. Pierce, John P. Gardner, Mark E. McCabe, Rory A. Longe, Kurt H. Jensen